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Max Kruse makes a mockery of DFL's hygiene protocols

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18.10.2020

Max Kruse has never been far from controversy.

He's made headlines for a self-filmed nude video, leaving €75,000 in a taxi, and was banished from the German national team for a string of incidents.

But as long as his club is fine with his extracurricular activities, it shouldn't matter. His undoubted ability on the football field clearly outranked any perceived risks for Union Berlin.

On Thursday evening though, Kruse posted a video on social media of himself playing cards in a Berlin bar with strangers.

Nothing untoward at first sight, given bars in Berlin are allowed to be open until 11pm local time. It was however a seemingly obvious breach of the DFL's (German Football League) self-imposed hygiene protocol.

Three days later, he was named in Union Berlin's starting lineup against Schalke. No suspension, no fine, not even a talking to from the Bundesliga's organizers.

His actions, and the inaction of the DFL, make a mockery of their efforts to run the Bundesliga in a safe environment.

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